Curriculum

Upper School students build their solid STEAM and liberal arts foundation during 9th and 10th grade, and then challenge themselves in our interdisciplinary programs and electives during their last two years.

To thrive in college and in life, students must learn how to think, how to ask good questions, how to read, and how to construct effective arguments. With these goals in mind, we have eliminated advanced placement courses and their emphasis on rote subject knowledge.

A Riverdale graduate can make broad connections across disciplines but demonstrate deep understanding and skills within each core area. Most important, each student learns how they learn best, how to make the most of opportunities, and how to direct themselves and collaborate in a dynamic learning environment.

Design Thinking In Physics

In this assignment, students design and build a rollercoaster that incorporates at least three thrills and demonstrates the laws of physics.

Upper School Administration

Upper School Head
Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn
knicholsonflynn@riverdale.edu

Dean of Faculty
Ricky Lapidus
rlapidus@riverdale.edu

Upper School Dean
Blair Parker
bparker@riverdale.edu

Dean of Class of 2018
Susan Polise
spolise@riverdale.edu

Dean of Class of 2019
Julie Choi
jchoi@riverale.edu

Dean of Class of 2020
Cat Crocker
ccrocker@riverdale.edu

Dean of Class of 2021
Carol Pouliot
cpouliot@riverdale.edu

Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community

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Contact

5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

info@riverdale.edu

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Riverdale teaches students to become lifelong learners by fostering "growth" mindsets. Go There >

Riverdale encourages students to develop a sense of well-being. Mindfulness activities promote calm, focus, and self-reflection. Go There >

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The River Campus offers a spacious, natural setting for our youngest students, inspiring learning and play. Go There >

Riverdale offers "STEAM" (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) teaching to Lower School students. Go There >

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Middle School students explore hands-on learning through the Riverdale Maker program. Go There >

Project Knowmad allows Middle Schoolers to learn in a different way, using NYC as their classroom. Go There >

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Riverdale teaches students to make connections through our interdisciplinary programs. Go There >

The club and activity program encourages students to explore their passions and try new things. Go There >

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About 80 percent of Upper School students participate in athletics. Go There >

Riverdale's Hill Campus has an indoor pool, football stadium, weight room, and 3 playing fields. Go There >

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Riverdale has entry points in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th Grades. Visit our campus today. Go There >

Approximately 20 percent of Riverdale students receive some level of financial aid. Go There >

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Last year's Annual Fund totaled nearly $5 million in gifts from alumni, parents, and friends of the school. Go There >

Have you included Riverdale in your estate plans? Please let us know and join our expanding group of Hackett Planned Giving Society members today. Go There >

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